Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China.
The company shared a note from Apple explaining that its app was removed because “it includes content that is illegal in China.”
The Chinese government effectively illegalized VPNs when new rules issued in January required them to receive government approval in order to operate. That appears to be why Apple was forced to remove ExpressVPN and others like it.
Two popular VPN services were forced offline in China earlier this month leaving their users, which included professionals who require access to the global internet for work, without an alternative.